Racing Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was injured in a training accident at Keeneland Thursday morning and will be out of action for at least 30 days.
Prado and fellow jockey Jose Lezcano were both on horses for Brian Lynch working in company when, according to Lezcano’s agent Jason Bidas “Jose’s horse kind of hit the breaks and he got flung over the top and landed on his shoulder. Then Edgar’s horse reared back with his head and clocked him in his face and knocked him out.”
Prado suffered a hairline fracture of the C-7 at the base of his neck. Lezcano took off his mounts Friday due to some bruising and body soreness but is slated to returning to riding on Saturday.
“He is doing fine this (Friday) morning,” said Prado’s agent, Bob Klesaris.
“Edgar was the one that took the worst of the blow. Jose is just a little bruised,” added Bidas. “He’s going to be okay, he’ll take today off and ride tomorrow. He had an X-ray on his shoulder but everything is good.”
Prado, a three-time winner of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes was scheduled to ride Vinceremos in Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 race. WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden said in a text message to the Herald-Leader that Julien Leparoux, who is named aboard also-eligible Divine Oath, will pick up the mount on Vinceremos if there are no scratches.
Lezcano was named to ride Alkazan Alakazan in Friday’s Grade I, Maker’s 46 Mile. Corey Lanerie will now ride the horse.